USS Nimitz earns flight deck certification
The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) aircraft carrier and lead ship of class for the US Navy, has successfully completed flight deck certification while underway in the Pacific Ocean, the navy announced on 21 October.
The certification in flight operations was granted following a total of 399 aircraft catches over a five day period. It confirms that the vessel’s flight deck and operations crew are capable of safely launching and recovering aircraft.
Nimitz recently completed a 20-month extended planned incremental availability (EPIA) period. Four aircraft elevators were re-certified, and much of the equipment that supports flight operations - including the catapults, arresting gear, safety nets, and jet blast deflectors – were overhauled during this period.
The vessel entered sea trials in early October 2015 to put all systems through their paces.
The certification is the carrier's second major milestone on her way to an upcoming 2017 deployment. With the flight deck certified, Nimitz, her crew, and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 is now cleared to continue routine operations at sea.
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